Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said that his government would not share the Sutlej water with any other state. Badal asserted that Sutlej water is the lifeline of Punjab.
Speaking with India Today Group, Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “It (Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal) is an emotional issue for Punjab. It is not an election issue. We will not let even a single drop of water go out of the state. It is the lifeline of Punjab.”
Immediately after the verdict, Congress lawmakers quit the Assembly while Congress leader Amarinder Singh resigned from the Lok Sabha and blamed Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for the mess. Hitting back, Badal termed Singh’s resignation a “drama”. He was scheduled to chair a Cabinet meeting over the verdict at 6pm.
The state goes to the polls next year where the ruling BJP-Akali Dal combine is trying to thwart tough competition from a resurgent Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.
Sukhbir Badal tweeted :
Will you do penance by apologising to Punjabis & resigning from Cong for inviting Indira Gandhi to start digging SYL canal @capt_amarinder.